Isidore Gordon Gottschalk Ascher (1835–1933) was born in Scotland, spent most of his early years in Montreal (where he attended McGill University and helped found the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society), and returned to Great Britain in 1864. Some of the poems touch on his faith, such as "Esther," "The Traveller and the Tree (from the Talmud)," and "To the Memory of Lady Montefiore" (subtitled in Hebrew). A few were explicitly inspired by Canadian subjects, and two by the American fight against slavery: "Light for Canada's Sages! (written after the Toronto judges had decided to return Anderson the slave, who sought the protection of Canada)" and "Regeneration (vide the Proclamation of the President of the United States in the Autumn of 1862)." Singerman 1757.
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